The key to a great performance is about the ability to convey your message through confident storytelling. The success lies in the skill to control your mind, voice and body as one to channel the energy into excitement and enthusiasm and give the audience that connection they crave. Here are some of the best theatre techniques conquer earlier on.
Take control of your nerves
Performance anxiety stems from our fear of forgetting lines, stuttering over words and becoming disoriented before or during stage performance. Preparation and practice is vital; the more prepared I am, the more control I’ll have, the less nervous and stressed I’ll be.
Engage with your audience
Show you are in control and interact with your audience. Allowing spectators into your world on stage creates interaction, builds a relationship with your audience and commands your stage presence.
Command with body language
Communication by movement, gestures and facial expressions adds layers of meaning to the spoken words. In order to tell a story and convey your message you must be able to excite with expression and take your audience on a journey. Paint a picture with your body language. Body language comes from within; it is a reflex of the spoken words and not about learning where to put your arms and feet at a given time.
Project your voice
Speak from the diaphragm. Inhaling enables the diaphragm to contract enabling the lungs to fill with air. When we speak; this air travels through the wind pipes and vibrates through the vocal cords thus increasing volume and projection. Do not attempt to project by shouting, this causes vocal cords to contract forcefully and can cause damage to the cords. Learning to control your voice and add tone gives expression and emotion, so remember to inhale.
Find your light
Lighting is an important part of theatre, it provides drama, ambience and sets the entire scene. You need to be able to “Find your light”. If you are in the dark on stage, step into the light source so you can be seen. The audience will draw their attention towards the lights on stage, you have the responsibility to step into the spotlight and become the focus. Be confident; accept the central role and the exposure that comes with it.